"A gastronomic dust bowl" was the way one writer friend described the Oregon coast's restaurant scene some years ago. This may have been a bit of an exaggeration, but his point wasn't without justification; if your dining aspirations exceeded fried seafood or a barely acceptable steak, there were very few places to go that didn't disappoint.
That's no longer true. As the sophistication of today's traveling public has increased dramatically, coastal dinner houses kept pace. But the southern coast, being more remote and distant from the larger population centers, often lags behind the more well traveled areas further north.
Redfish opened a couple of years ago with considerable fanfare. We dined there on more than one occasion, and found that the execution didn't quite live up to the menu. They had interesting sounding entrees (maybe a little too interesting, as if they were trying so hard that it came off as pretentious), but the execution on the plate did not always measure up. It wasn't bad... we just didn't feel it was as good as it should have been, given the menu (and the price!)
We're happy to report that has all changed. Executive Chef Jeremy Kelly was brought in all the way from Louisville, Kentucky to turn things around, and he has done so; Redfish now holds its own with any good dinner house anywhere, not just on the Oregon Coast.
Redfish: fabulous view and excellent cuisine!